The Best Technical Flannel Shirts of 2019
Walk around any mountain town in winter and you’ll get an eyeful of flannel shirts. (Also: trucker hats.) But as performance textiles have made their way into this beloved garment—wool and cotton aren’t the only materials in play anymore—the shirts have become as commonplace on the slopes as they are at ski-village bars.
Fjällräven Fjällslim LS ($90)
If you prefer a more tailored fit, the Fjällräven Fjällslim LS tapers toward the waist, while its hollow-fiber polyester traps warmth.
Flylow Handlebar Tech ($90)
And don’t be fooled by the woolen feel of the Flylow Handlebar Tech. A polyester interior adds sweat-wicking, quick-drying power, and steel-gray Duraflex snaps lend it a work-shirt vibe.
Strafe Alpha Shirt Jacket ($199)
Then there’s Strafe’s Alpha Shirt Jacket, which is insulated with the namesake Polartec Alpha stuffed between layers of two-way-stretch ripstop nylon. It’s buttery smooth against the skin, breathes well enough to wear alone on warmer days, and can be paired with a T-shirt when the temperature drops.
Smartwool Anchor Line Shirt Jacket ($180)
Finally, Smartwool’s Anchor Line Shirt Jacket gets a funk-fighting boost courtesy of a merino-nylon blend that wicks moisture as you move and lends a bit more stretch.
Mountain Hardwear Karsee ($85)
For women, the Mountain Hardwear Karsee is at the lighter end of the spectrum and made of a cotton-Tencel fabric. It has drop shoulders and buttons at the sides that open for a looser, more maneuverable fit when you want it and a trimmer silhouette when you don’t.
Kathmandu Federate Travel ($85)
The Kathmandu Federate Travel is made from a cushy, eco-friendly midweight nylon. The long hem hides a discreet zip pocket for important docs, and straps on the arms button up to keep rolled sleeves from slipping down. Because really: what flannel doesn’t look cooler with the sleeves rolled up?